Types of Teeth Whitening

Before & After teeth whiteningPatients have become ever more interested in teeth whitening, but many are going about it the wrong way. If you want to keep your teeth healthy and preserve them for your entire life then you need to be aware of the safe teeth whitening options so you can do what’s best for your oral health. With so many options available now, it’s easy to get confused and select an option that harms your tooth enamel. This blog aims to give you a quick rundown of each type of tooth whitening system, along with some thoughts on the system.

In Office Whitening – At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we use the Zoom! In Office Whitening System which offers our patients a safe, effective, and as the name suggests – fast – way to whiten your teeth. If an important event like a wedding or reunion is coming up, and your teeth are looking like they’ve seen better days, then this hour-long treatment may be the option you are looking for. With an average of 6-10 shades difference, the Zoom! Whitening System is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a quick and painless change in their smile.

Over the Counter Whitening – With so many different options available to help whiten your teeth you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Fortunately, we’ve gathered them all here and will give a brief rundown on each. Even though these typically are safe options, we recommend consulting a dentist before you begin any treatments, especially if you have any oral concerns.

  • Whitening Toothpastes & Whitening Gum – At best this option can help you achieve about one shade difference, but it is also one of the cheapest. It is an adequate way to supplement another treatment option.
  • Whitening Strips & Gels – Another cheaper alternative to the in office teeth whitening, the strips and gels utilize a peroxide based gel with effects last only a few months. Some patients may notice gum irritation, and we encourage you to discontinue use if this occurs. These strips can also cause harm to tooth enamel if used too frequently.
  • Whitening Rinses – Once again a peroxide based solution, whitening rinses may not be quite as effective as the strips and gels since they only are in contact with your teeth for as long as you swirl the mouthwash.
  • Whitening Trays – These are similar to a mouth-guard filled with peroxide-based bleach. Often these don’t ideally fit since they aren’t molded to your unique smile, and you can experience an overflow that irritates your gums.

If you’re looking to make your smile as white as possible, you’ve come to the right place. Keep in mind that special considerations should be given to each specific case, since all mouths are different. Depending on the types of stains, whether or not you have veneers or crowns, if you have a sensitive mouth or gums, or if you have a preexisting medical condition, these can all affect the recommended treatment for you. If you are interested in teeth whitening, feel free to contact us today to get started on your journey to a whiter smile!